Le Magasin de Suicides (English title: The Suicide Shop) is a french-belgian-canadian production, directed by Patrice Leconte (The Hairdresser’s Husband) and based on Jean Teule’s novel of the same name.
It is situated in a French city in the not-too-distant future, where the number of suicides increases dramatically day by day, because of the terrible living conditions and the crisis that is hanging over everybody’s heads. A single couple that, along with its three children, provide in their shop all that is needed for a successful suicide, manage to prosper.
It is quite an uneven film, which is sad because I found the plot highly original and it could have been much more creatively developed. Unfortunately, the answer to the question “Where is this going to?” which concerned me during the first part is completely unsatisfying. While this is definitely not an animation for kids, it does not have the necessary depth that a more mindful audience is looking for.